Parks & Recreation Areas

Come play in our backyard! The Great Outdoors Region boasts playgrounds and parks for the entire family's enjoyment! Enjoy a small family picnic or large gathering at a pavilion. Cool off during the hot summer days in the community pool or local swimming hole.

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  • Allegheny National Forest

    Hundreds of miles of trails designated for hiking, biking, equestrian, cross-country skiing, snowmobiling and ATVing. Family-fun outdoor recreation including swimming, boating, fishing, hunting, picnicking and camping.

    Along with the rich variety of outdoor recreation, several camping opportunities are available including 600 campsites,...
  • Beartown Rocks

    The best kept secret in Clear Creek State Forest. This impressive collection of house-sized boulders, created by glaciers, are fascinating landmarks scattered throughout the area. Breathtaking scenic views from the top of these enormous rocks. Climb the rock formation creating a staircase to a vista overlooking the valley below. Easy hiking trails...
  • Beaver Creek Nature Area

    A popular area for photography, bird-watching, hiking, fishing and picnicking. Beaver Creek contains 850 acres of lakes, wetlands and meadows stocked with Largemouth Bass and Bluegill for regulated fishing. There is also an onsite pavilion for picnics. The Seneca Rock Audubon Sociality identified well over 150 species of birds and waterfowl that...
  • Bendigo State Park

    The East Branch of the Clarion River runs through the park and is regularly stocked with trout for excellent fishing. Charcoal grills, horseshoe pits, water and restroom facilities are interspersed throughout. A swimming pool is open daily, Memorial Day through Labor Day weekends. In winter, sledding and tobogganing slopes are popular.

    The...
  • Bennett Branch Forest

    1,465 acres managed by Western Pennsylvania Conservancy in Jay Township Elk County open to the public for hiking and hunting.

  • Bucktail State Park Natural Area

    This 16,433-acre natural area is actually a 75-mile scenic drive. The park provides a beautiful scenic drive along PA 120 from Emporium, through Renovo to Lock Haven. All along the road are unspoiled forest lands, beautiful hills and deep valleys.

    Four major hiking and backpacking treks include Quehanna, Bucktail Path, Donut Hole and Chuck...
  • Clear Creek State Forest

    Clear Creek State Forest provides ample opportunities for outdoor recreation, fishing, hunting and primitive camping. The forest has plenty of recreational trails available. Trails within the forest are open to mountain biking and to horseback riding unless posted closed. Primitive campers spending no more than one night on the State Forest do not...
  • Clear Creek State Park

    The park occupies a scenic portion of the Clear Creek Valley from PA 949 to the Clarion River. Recreational opportunities include: camping; canoeing, hunting, swimming, hiking, fishing, picnicking and winter activities. Call or go online for camping reservations. Cabins and yurts are available. Picnic tables, pavilions, and charcoal grills...
  • Cook Forest Fire Tower

    The 87.5-foot fire tower built in 1929 gave firefighters a 15-20 mile view of the Clarion River Valley and area. The tower retired from service in 1966. Periodically, the box on the top of the tower is open during interpretive programs. Visitors can park their cars and walk a short distance to Seneca Point Overlook and the fire tower for a...
  • Cook Forest Fun Park

    Welcome to Cook Forest Fun Park, a premier family fun park located in scenic Cook Forest, Pennsylvania. We have go-karts, bumper boats and a beautiful 18-hole mini-golf course with waterfalls, streams, and stocked ponds. Spectacular Sky-Rapids waterslide, a snack bar, an arcade, pavilion and spacious shaded picnic grounds make us the place for fun...
  • Cook Forest State Park

    The 8,500 acre park, once called the "Black Forest," is famous for its stands of old growth forest. Cook Forest's "Forest Cathedral" of towering white pines and hemlocks is a National Natural Landmark. The Clarion River is along the eastern border of the park and is popular for canoeing and fishing. Call or go online for camping reservations. Tent...
  • Dr. Colson E. Blakeslee Memorial Recreation Area

    24 acre natural area in Medix Run along Bennett Branch. Open to public for hiking, fishing, hunting, and wildlife viewing.
  • Elk State Forest

    Located principally in Elk and Cameron counties, Elk State Forest, comprised of 200,000 acres, is open to primitive camping, licensed hunting and fishing, and offers opportunities for hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding and wildlife viewing.

    Primitive camping is overnight camping where all equipment is transported in limited trips by...
  • Elk State Park

    Features the 1,160-acre East Branch Lake. Unlimited horsepower boating. Fishing for muskellunge, walleye, smallmouth bass, brook, rainbow, brown and lake trout in the lake. Hunting is permitted in season. Ice fishing is a favorite winter sport. 8 mi. W of Wilcox on State Rt. 1006.
  • Harmon Field and George C. Brown Community Pool

    A recreational area includes tennis courts, basketball courts, a playground, a pavilion, picnic tables and grills, and a community pool. Located one block from the heart of downtown off Liberty Street.